4K on Dish (1 Viewer)

Chuck Summers

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I was wondering about the 4k channels on dish. I just purchased a 65 inch LG 4k TV, and I'm connected to Hopper 3 and A new Pioneer AVR that passes 4k signals. Now I'm getting a real nice upgrade on picture quality with the 1080i channels on dish but I went to a ballgame on one of the 4k channels and it was'nt a knock me out picture. In fact not whole lot better than the forementioned upgrade. Does anyone know if that is because the game was on the 4k channel that wasn't the HDR one or is it just the signal compression that satellite is famous for.
 

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4K, even with HDR, is rarely ever going to "knock you out".

Yep, that's the myth of the "latest and greatest" with regards to 4K.

PS- while there is already such little 4K programming, they're already working on 8K.

Anything to sell the masses on a new TV, I suppose.
 

Bobby

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I have seen some 4K on Dish that was indeed, knock you out. That last baseball game wasn't one of them. I have a recording of a college football game from 2 years back that was so outstanding that I thought I was there. Most of them didn't meet that standard though. You can go into On Demand, if you are internet connected, and see some free 4K shows. There are many Epix movies, some really good, some not so much. There are some Smithsonian documentaries that are very good to look at. Give it a try!
 

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I was wondering about the 4k channels on dish. I just purchased a 65 inch LG 4k TV, and I'm connected to Hopper 3 and A new Pioneer AVR that passes 4k signals. Now I'm getting a real nice upgrade on picture quality with the 1080i channels on dish but I went to a ballgame on one of the 4k channels and it was'nt a knock me out picture. In fact not whole lot better than the forementioned upgrade. Does anyone know if that is because the game was on the 4k channel that wasn't the HDR one or is it just the signal compression that satellite is famous for.

Problem #1 - Compression inherent with Satellite delivery

Problem #2 - The production chain. The sports being delivered as 4K can have varied production chains. The football mention earlier was 4K end to end and looked beautiful. The NCAA March Madness games were upconverted from 2k to 4K and did not look as good as the Fox Sports produced college football. I suspect the Baseball you were watching may have been of the upconvert variety.

Problem #3- When we went from SD to HD the change was truly revolutionary whereas the change from HD to 4K is more of an incremental change and so much more dependent on the specific hardware being used that the SD to HD change.

Someday you might get a chance to see Hockey in 4K, the Canadians already do, that is truly a beneficial improvement.
 

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